Academics

The Eton Approach®

The Eton Approach® is a systematic, comprehensive, and personalized instructional system designed to help build the essential skills and learning confidence that every student needs and deserves. Eton educators believe that important learning happens from the moment students step on campus in the morning until the moment they leave in the afternoon, as well as the transfer of skills they apply at home and in life.  Through a deep understanding of how students learn best, we establish personalized plans and goals that act as the roadmap to each student’s success and achievement.

List of 9 items.

  • 1. Personalized Educational Program

    Educating students with reading, attention and other learning challenges requires something different ... personalization.
    • Eton's Personalized Educational Program provides students with an unparalleled level of individualization.
    • Eton's curriculum, teaching methodologies, along with the specific assessments used throughout the Personalized Educational Program, result in curriculum and instruction designed specifically for each Eton student.
    • Personalization is not only what we do at Eton, it's how we do it, too.

  • 2. Student Learning Portfolio

    By knowing and understanding a student fully, we can provide the personalized education that the Eton Approach® demands; this begins with the Student Learning Portfolio, which functions as a repository of information about each student, and includes: 

    - Eton's Brain-based, Whole-Child Approach:
    • Applying the science of the brain to learning
    • Using a neurodevelopmental lens
    • Essential psycho-educational testing results
    • Social-Emotional needs assessments
    • Sensory sensitivity needs
    - Individualized learning goals
    - Keys to their success
    - Reading and math assessments

    The Student Learning Portfolio serves as the basis for Student Learning Goals, developed for each student by teachers and directors.
  • 3. Student Learning Goals & Reports

    Seeing the big-picture allows for greater focus.To this end, the Eton Approach® incorporates the use of Student Learning Goals -- three to six broad-reaching goals, specific to each student.

    • Student Learning Goals, when achieved, will lead to greater academic success.
    • Student Learning Goals are based on the Student Learning Portfolio and the Personalized Educational Program.
    • Student Learning Goals meetings (held weekly) allow directors, teachers and advisors to discuss students' progress -- ensuring that short-term progress points towards long-term Learning Goals achievement.
    • Comprehensive assessments of each student as it relates to his or her Learning Goals are provided to parents through Learning Goals Reports.
  • 4. Student Progress & Reports

    Breaking down larger goals into daily progress is an effective way to measure success. This is why Eton provides parents with Student Progress Reports.

    • Student Progress is assessed on a weekly basis, reflecting daily activities.
    • Student Progress Reports are provided to parents on a regular basis and include opportunities to partner for parent input.
    • Student Progress Reports provide a brief summary of the student's general performance.
  • 5. Annual Student Portfolio Review

    Personalization hinges upon a continuous understanding of each student and his or her subsequent plan for learning. To ensure we have the most comprehensive and up-to-date information about each student's learning needs, the Eton Approach® incorporates an Annual Student Portfolio Review.

    • The Annual Student Portfolio Review is a multi-day review process conducted in the spring each year.
    • Directors, teachers and advisors perform a thorough review of each Student Portfolio, including the student's classroom work, Student Learning Goals and progress in school.
    • The resulting information is the basis for Student Learning Goals for the following school year.
  • 6. Specialized Teacher Training

    With many scientific developments, the field of educating students with learning challenges is ever-changing.

    • Our teachers must keep up with the latest research and trends to determine if any changes or modifications need to be made to the Eton Approach®.
    • Eton provides robust teacher training and professional development for faculty and staff on an ongoing basis.
    • In addition, Eton offers numerous parent education opportunities such as LD training, guest speakers, informal group conversation and a Community Resource Room filled with materials for parent check-out.
  • 7. Teacher Advisor / Student Advisee

    The key to achieving success often lies in having strong support and sage advice. Eton Academy's Teacher Advisors serve this crucial role.

    • Teacher Advisors build positive relationships with their Student Advisees and pave the way for progress in student learning, self-awareness and self-confidence.
    • Eton teachers serve as advisors to approximately seven to 10 students throughout the school year.
    • Advisors also serve as a point of contact for parents and deliver formal assessments of each Student Advisee's progress and achievement towards reaching their goals.
  • 8. Parent Partnership

    You know your child better than anyone. That's why, at Eton, the parent partnership is a critical part of the Eton Approach®.

    • Teachers, directors and administrators seek parent perspectives as they develop and refine the Eton educational experience for students.
    • Teachers engage in proactive communication with parents frequently.
    • One form of communication is through parent-teacher conferences.
      • Four parent-teacher conferences occur throughout the year -- early and late fall, winter and spring.
      • During these meetings, a thorough discussion of the Student Learning Portfolio and Student Learning Goals takes place.
  • 9. College and Life Prep Office

    The College and Life Prep Office creates the structure and support needed to help students prepare to successfully enter and thrive in their post-high school and life experiences.  This planning begins the moment a student enrolls at Eton Academy. 

    The College & Life Prep Office provides the following:

    Life Prep Curriculum
    • The College & Life Prep Director leads the implementation of the College & Life Curriculum in grades 1 through 12. The curriculum helps students explore and assess their passions and strengths as well as build their career skills.  
    College & Vocational Guidance
    • Provides a roadmap for students and parents to successfully enter life after high school. 
    ACT/SAT Preparation and Support
    • Provides students with test-taking skills and administrative support to successfully complete college entrance examinations.
    Internships
    • Coordinates mini-internships for students in their areas of passion and career interests.